September 3, 2014 – 16:48 PAKISTAN
“Since the beginning of the military operation – Zarb-e-AZB – in North Waziristan, on the border with Afghanistan, 910 militants, 81 soldiers were killed and 269 were wounded,” the army said in a statement . The budget includes 42 militants killed outside of the tribal areas, in over 2,000 operations to prevent terrorist attacks in retaliation to the rest of the country.
The conflict zone is off-limits to journalists, so there is no way to independently verify the number and identity of the victims. “So far, the security forces have liberated the town of Miranshah, Mirali, Datta Khel, Boya and Degan in North Waziristan, considered a stronghold of militants and retreat of the fighters of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP),” reads the statement of military.
The army statement gave no details of civilian casualties, but reports of residents fleeing the fighting have shown that many civilians were killed. After a series of air strikes in Shawal Valley in July, according to the information of the residents, they said that 37 civilians were killed, including 20 women and 10 children. The army claimed that the civilians were given numerous warnings to leave the conflict zones and not be used as “human shields” by the militants. The operation is in progress. For years, Washington was pressing Islamabad to take effective action on this area that the militants have always used to launch attacks against NATO forces in neighboring Afghanistan.
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